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UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s surprise victory in the May 2015 UK General Election has cleared the way for an In/Out referendum on EU-membership. But whether the UK really leaves depends on many uncertain factors including Mr Cameron’s chances of pushing through substantial reform in the EU and the economic and political costs and benefits for Britain.
Dr. Michael Wohlgemuth
The Greek financial crisis has been a missed opportunity for eurosceptic parties to put forward new ideas for the European Union. They have achieved nothing since sweeping gains in the 2014 elections. But the Greek crisis could still be used by the EU to formulate a new way of dealing with countries in financial trouble.
Professor Enrico Colombatto
The European Parliamentary elections in May are likely to see a record number of eurosceptic or populist parties elected from both the political right and left. This could force a grand coalition of the major centre-right and centre-left groups in the parliament. But what impact will this have on national policies and the EU Council?
British Prime Minister David Cameron faces an acute dilemma as he is squeezed politically trying to keep his party together on the big question of EU membership. The fault-lines are showing between those who want to leave the EU and those who want to stay and his European neighbours are adding to the pressure.